Is Obama the Greatest Fundraiser…EVER?

You’ve seen the Q3 fundraising numbers from President Obama, with more than $70 million raised in total. Our friends at “The Fix” break down the fundraising numbers in more detail:

In his first six months of active fundraising, President Obama has raked in $90 million for his 2012 re-election campaign not to mention an additional $65 million for the Democratic National Committee.

While not all of the Republican presidential candidates have filed their fundraising reports for the third quarter, it’s a certainty that Obama’s $43 million haul will be more than the combined total for all of them over the past three months. (Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to lead the Republican field with $17 million raised between July 1 and Sept. 30.)…

…What’s clear – and has been since his 2008 race when he collected $750 million – is that Obama is the pre-eminent political fundraiser of his time.

We would take that last statement a step further: Obama may be the greatest political fundraiser of all time. The numbers are staggering from a recent historical perspective.

In the 2004 Presidential election, Republican George W. Bush raised $367.2 million, compared to $328.5 million for Democrat John Kerry. That’s a combined total of $695.7 million, which Obama surpassed on his own in 2008.

In the 2000 Presidential election, the entire field of candidates, from beginning to end (with an open seat at stake), raised $528.9 million. President Obama has already raised nearly one-fifth that amount in six months.

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Obama Drops Compromise, Prepares to Fight on Budget and Jobs

Looks like somebody finally started reading the polls. Our friends at “The Fix” report on President Obama’s speech this morning rolling out his budget plan:

In a remarkable act of political gauntlet-throwing, President Obama castigated House Speaker John Boehner for his approach to reducing the country’s deficit, called on Members of Congress to do what’s “right” when it comes to debt reduction and issued a veto threat if a bill that does not meet his standards comes to his desk.

Obama’s speech, which was ostensibly aimed at previewing his deficit reduction plan, spent far more time – and rhetorical energy – on shaping the lines of the political fight to come. “This is not class warfare, it’s math,” Obama said in response to early Republican critiques of his proposal. At another point he said that GOP members should be “called out” for signing a pledge not to raise taxes ever.

But Obama saved his choicest words for Boehner. Obama said the Speaker had “walked away from a balanced package” during the debt-ceiling negotiations and added that Boehner’s approach to debt reduction was “not smart…it’s not right”…

…Obama has given over the idea of being the compromiser-in-chief – the prevailing sentiment of the first eight months of 2011 – in favor of taking the fight to Republicans and forcing them to respond in kind or feel the political consequences.

Did President Obama Get Re-Elected Last Weekend?

Yes, it’s early. Yes, the 2012 election is still a long ways from now. But we’re a political blog, and we’ve got to ask the obvious question: Does killing Osama bin Laden all but guarantee that President Obama will be re-elected in 2012? This paragraph alone, from Obama’s speech to the nation last night, is incredibly powerful:

“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”

It is our view that it was always going to be an uphill battle for Republicans to defeat Obama in 2012. For one thing, the Republican field is less than awe-inspiring; when Donald Trump — who nobody thinks will actually run — is getting the majority of the media attention, your field of candidates is in trouble.

And while polling has been up and down on Obama’s approval ratings, polls have also consistently shown that the public “likes” Obama (approval ratings and, for lack of a better term, “personal feelings” are not always the same thing). People may not like Obama’s policies, but for whatever reason they seem to like Barack and Michelle Obama. All those voters need is one good reason to give Obama a second term, and killing Osama bin Laden is definitely a good reason.  

A lot of things can change between now and November 2012, but Obama now has one very important “Trump card” (pun intended). No matter what the eventual Republican nominee says about President Obama, he’ll always be “the man who killed Osama bin Laden.” It almost takes the national security/military issue off the table for Republicans as a potential line of attack.  

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